Dear Students:

You are cordially invited to join us at the Tenth Annual UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, May 10, 2003 in the UCI Student Center. This year's theme, "Research & Policy: Facts or Interpretation," reflects UC Irvine's commitment to promoting an interdisciplinary approach to research and analysis, both within and beyond the academy. We are honored to announce that this year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology.

This stimulating day-long event provides an excellent opportunity for you, UCI faculty and staff, parents, alumni, members of the media, and the outside community to participate actively in communicating about research and creative activities in all academic fields. The Symposium gives students a rich experience in the presentation aspect of the research process through their oral and/or poster presentations and discussions.

We encourage you to make a presentation at the Symposium or to attend and learn about the research endeavors of your fellow undergraduates. The Application and Abstract Submission form is attached and also available on the UROP Website at http://www.urop.uci.edu. The deadline for submission is 5:00 PM, Monday, April 7, 2003. There will be no exceptions.

If you are interested in attending, participating, or volunteering to help with the Symposium, please contact the UROP Office: Student Services II, Suite 2300; Phone: 824-4189; E-mail: urop@uci.edu.

The tentative schedule for the Symposium is:

8:00 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
8:40 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Welcome/Orientation
9:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Oral Presentation Session I
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Keynote Address/Performances
12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Box Lunch/Roundtable Discussions
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Poster Session
2:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Oral Presentation Session II
4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. Awards Ceremony/Performances
5:00p.m. - 5:30p.m. Reception

The UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium is sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in the Division of Undergraduate Education. We look forward to receiving your application, and your presentation at the Symposium. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments

Sincerely,

Said M. Shokair
Director

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